UK: Internal Doors: Internal Door Manufacturers & Suppliers
ABOUT INTERNAL DOORS
The most common types of new internal door are moulded internal doors, flush internal doors, and solid wood internal doors. Moulded internal doors have a solid core of lightweight timber or composite material, to which moulded hardwood skins are applied. Flush internal doors are flat, usually made from hardboard attached to a lightweight timber frame and core. Flush internal doors can be painted, or surfaced with hardwood veneer or wood-effect foil. Solid wood internal doors are normally made of laminated timber (to avoid twisting and warping) with a surface veneer. Leading UK suppliers of internal doors are profiled below the panel of sponsored links.
CHOOSING INTERNAL DOORS
The first question to ask is whether you want the internal door to be glazed or solid. Consider glazed doors for use between living areas, and between an entry hall and living areas. Their great virtue is that they allow more daylight into all parts of the house, giving a more cheerful feel and saving electricity. Glazed internal doors normally have a wooden frame made up of vertical members known as stiles and horizontal members known as rails. There may be a single sheet of glass, or a mid-rail separating upper and lower sheets of glass. For a traditional look, the areas of glazing may be divided into smaller panes using glazing bars.
Solid internal doors are available in main types: solid wood internal doors, panel effect doors, and flush internal doors.
Most solid wood internal doors are of frame and panel construction. The joints are connected using strong mortise and tenon joints. The wooden panels should be allowed to move freely within grooves in the frame, to allow for expansion. Such doors are available in a wide range of hardwoods, including beech, ash and oak, which may be stained and sealed. They are also available in pine and other softwoods, which may be sealed or painted. For a period property, consider buying re-cycled doors from an architectural salvage supplier. These have more character than a modern door, but check carefully that their joints are in good condition. An alternative to the frame and panel solid wood door is the plank door. This is made up of vertical planks, usually tongue and grooved, with horizontal braces. For greater strength diagonal ledges can be added, or even a full frame. These plank doors have a rustic appearance, and are particularly suitable for cottage-type properties.
Panel effect internal doors may be routed or moulded. The routed doors have decorative grooves, resembling a frame and panel door, cut into the surface. They are made from medium density fibreboard, which may be solid or may have a foam core. Moulded panel effect internal doors have skins made from either glass reinforced polyester or UPVC. The moulded skins have recessed grooves simulating the appearance of a frame and panel door. All these panel effect doors have a somewhat artificial appearance, without either the authenticity of a real frame and panel door, nor with the simple contemporary look of a flush door.
Flush internal doors are the most common type in modern buildings. They are made from a core, with a flat surface on each side and a strong, usually timber, edging. Areas are reinforced to take hinges and door furniture. A very wide range is available, in terms of thickness, weight, quality of construction, and quality of finish. The highest quality flush internal doors have heavy cores, and hardwood veneer finish. The cheapest flush internal doors have lightweight cores (sometimes a paper honeycomb) and hardboard surfaces. If sound insulation is important, a high quality door with a heavy core must be used.
LEADING INTERNAL DOOR MANUFACTURERS & SUPPLIERS
Doorpac: Internal Doors. Doorpac, based in Sheffield, is a manufacturer of doorsets and doorkits, including internal doors. Doorsets are pre-assembled units comprising the door, the door frame and stop, the architrave and door ironmongery. The parts of the doorset are machined using CNC machinery, and the sets can be installed in less than twenty minutes. Doorpace manufactures four types of door: Moulded Internal Doors, Veneered Internal Doors, Flush Internal Doors, and own brand Unique Doors. The Moulded Internal Doors have a moulded skin on each side, and are available in a choice of five cores: Standard Core, Semi-Solid Core (with solid strips that run down the outer edges of the door), Solid Core (which increases weight, rigidity, and sound insulation), Solid Core with 30 minute Fire Rating (in 44mm thickness), and Solid Core with 60 minute Fire Rating (in 54mm thickness). The finishes for Veneered Internal Doors include: Beech, White Oak, Cherry, Koto, Ash, Maple, Sapele, and Red Oak.
Hamiltons: Internal Doors. Hamiltons, based in Norwich, Norfolk, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of timber internal doors. Hamiltons also supplies and installs all types of wood flooring, and manufactures conservatories, windows, and external doors. It is an authorised dealer for Johnson Aldridge Doors, and for J B Kind Doors. It specialises in hand made Oak doors for conversions and period property renovation. These include Oak Ledged and Braced doors and framed a ledged doors. Panelled doors and glazed doors can also be hand made in oak. The range of single internal wood doors is available finished in Oak, Pine, Meranti, Walnut, Beech, and White Primed. The stiles and mid rails are constructed from laminated timber, to which a hardwood veneer is applied. The panels are made from Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) with timber veneer to match the stile and rails.
Premdor: Interior Doors. Premdor UK is part of the international Masonite group, which is based in Tampa, Florida. Premdor acquired Europa Doors in 1994, and Crosby Ltd in 1996. Premdor makes four ranges of internal doors: Moulded Panel Internal Doors, Internal Timber Pine & Panel Doors, Internal Innova Veneer Foil Popular & Paintgrade Internal Doors, and Flush Foil Plus Internal Doors. The Moulded Panel Internal Doors are available in a wide range of traditional panel designs, with either smooth or textured finish. Partial or full-height glazing is also an option. Premdor's timber internal doors are made from solid softwood, to which hardwood veneer is glued on all surfaces. Premdor's flush veneer and flush foil internal doors have a plain flush surface, without indented panels or mouldings. These internal doors are available in 25mm or 35mm thickness, with in both cases a solid core. Veneered flush internal doors are offered with an Oak veneer. The flush foil internal doors have a WoodTone foil surface, imitating Beech, Ash or Oak.
Savoy Doors: Internal Doors. Savoy Doors, originating as a family run Lancashire timber merchants, now supplies all types of door across the UK. The main product categories are interior doors, exterior doors, door handles, exterior French doors, interior French doors, Gates, and Door Frames. There is a separate section of the website for sale items. The Savoy Doors range of internal doors includes internal oak doors, walnut doors, red hardwood doors, knotty pine doors, clear pine doors, and beech doors. Most interior doors are available with glazed panels which may be made of etched, leaded, or sandblasted glass. Pre-finished internal doors are factory finished using varnishes or lacquers, saving time on site. Many Savoy Timber doors are available in matching internal and external door options. Other services include the cutting to size of doors and worktops, and key cutting.
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